Council calls for safety around schools for Term 4

Brisbane City Council is continuing its campaign to keep kids safe with a traffic blitz planned at 60 Brisbane schools for Term Four, to reduce congestion and boost safety.

Infrastructure Chairman Cr Amanda Cooper is calling on school communities to take part in Council’s school safety campaign and help create safer school zones.

“Getting students to and from school safety is Council’s number one priority, which is why we’re putting motorists on notice that we will be out at schools during Term Four to put a stop to illegal parking that’s putting our children in danger,” Cr Cooper said.

“Council has been partnering with schools to improve the safety with traffic management plans that identify the traffic choke points and allow schools and Council to better manage these issues so that students stay safe.

“Around one-quarter of Brisbane schools have currently completed traffic management plans resulting in upgrades at 47 schools and at these schools we’re seeing less illegal parking, less traffic congestion and ultimately better safety for students.

“We want every school to have a tailor-made plan to manage parking more efficiently at pick-up and drop-off times, so that we can upgrade signage, create on-street drop and go zones and adjust parking restrictions to accommodate school needs.

“Council is also investing in upgrades to pedestrian and bicycle facilities such as intersection improvements, refuge crossings and children’s crossings, as well as for bus and car facilities including bus zones and two-minute passenger loading zones.”

Cr Cooper said that parents and principals from 60 Brisbane schools had requested to be added to Council’s high-frequency parking patrol list, to discourage parents from parking dangerously.

“Vehicles blocking driveways, parking on yellow lines, obstructing visibility for pedestrians and parking cars in drop-and-go zones are the top concerns from schools, and are making it more dangerous for students to cross the road and creating unnecessary traffic congestion,” she said.

“Hundreds of requests were received by Council to enforce parking during Term Three and during 335 patrols, 497 motorists were found to be putting our kids at risk by parking illegally.

“Road safety is about protecting the lives of our children and we all play an important role in keeping our community safe.

“This financial year, Council is investing close to $3 million to help keep kids safe around schools including the Active School Travel program, school zone upgrades and speed awareness monitors.”

For more information visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.